MTV VMA 2022: Taylor Swift, BLACKPINK, Bad Bunny win big
The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards were held in New Jersey on Sunday (August 28). A star-studded affair, it included performances by several artists such as Bad Bunny, Jack Harlow, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg, among others. The coveted awards commemorated the best of the music industry and the creme-de-la-creme of Hollywood walked home with prestigious awards. Let's look at the major winners.
Taylor Swift clinched the Video of the Year Award!
Taylor Swift was adjudged the winner of the Video of the Year Award for All Too Well. She was competing with Doja Cat for Woman, Drake ft. Future and Young Thug for Way 2 Sexy, Ed Sheeran for Shivers, and Harry Styles for As It Was. Olivia Rodrigo (Brutal) and Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow (Industry Baby) were also in the race.
Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny scripted history
All eyes were on the Artist of the Year Award, which marked a stiff competition between numerous beloved performers. Bad Bunny, Drake, Sheeran, Styles, Harlow, Lil Nas X, and Lizzo were pitted against each other in this prestigious category. Eventually, Bad Bunny emerged victorious. He also has the honor of being the first non-English language artist to be felicitated with this award.
'Happier Than Ever' was adjudged the Best Song
Twenty-year-old Billie Eilish clinched the Song of the Year Award for Happier Than Ever. It had released in July 2021 and comprises 16 tracks. Adele for Easy On Me, Doja Cat for Woman, Elton John and Dua Lipa for Cold Heart (PNAU Remix), Lizzo for About Damn Time, and The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber for Stay had also earned nods in this category.
K-pop reign continued on a global stage
Numerous K-Pop artists put up an interesting battle in the Best K-Pop category and this group witnessed some incredible nominations. While BTS and Itzy were in the race for Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment) and Loco, respectively, Lisa was nominated for Lalisa, Seventeen for Hot, Stray Kids for Maniac, and Twice for The Feels. BLACKPINK's Lisa eventually triumphed over her competitors.
Blackpink dominated Best Metaverse category, Swift picked up another trophy
BLACKPINK bagged the Best Metaverse Performance award for PUBG Mobile, while Swift clinched another award in the form of Best Longform Video for All Too Well (10-minute version). BTS clinched the Group of the Year Award, the most by any group in VMA's history, while Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Baby were honored with Best Hip-Hop for Do We Have A Problem?
Johnny Depp made a special appearance!
Another noteworthy highlight was Johnny Depp's appearance, which took everyone by surprise. The 59-year-old appeared at the beginning of the event as the Moon Man, MTV's mascot. "I needed the work," the actor reportedly told the crowd that had gathered outside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Fans responded enthusiastically on social media and wrote that they would love to see more of him.